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Happenings in the insect world
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by Denise Shreeve
on November 2, 2012 at 5:29 AM
Love your photos! Two questions: I thought that adult wasps were also 'vegetarians' and only collected protein for their carnivorous brood. True? Also, is there some significance to the wasp in the shape of a comma? Assumed it was just a joke, but then I wondered. ;-)
by Kathy Keatley Garvey
on November 3, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Thanks for your comment. Adult wasps gather protein-rich food (like honey bees and other insects) for the colony and in the process, eat some "meat." Worker yellowjackets don't reproduce so they don't really need the protein. Like bees, they also sip nectar while they're out foraging. This is mainly a flight fuel. Re the yellowjacket in a comma-shaped bend, that was just a figure of speech. I don't often see them like this...
 
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